Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) Roundup!

Paper Neverland

Last weekend, I joined the crowd of teenagers, publicists, Disney Princesses and various super heroes that swarmed towards Olympia, London. Held alongside the London Film and Comic Convention, the second annual Young Adult Literature Convention promised to be bigger and better than last year’s, with a floor of it’s own and a jaw dropping line up.
The centre of the room was given to the main stage, where throughout the day a host of authors would be discussing key debates in YA literature, sharing their favourite books, and taking questions from the audience.

Unfortunately, I could only attend on the Sunday and missed some great panels from previous days including ‘Being a Girl: Feminism and YA Today’ and Judy Bloom in conversation with Patrick Ness. Throughout the talks on Sunday, it became abundantly clear what an impact her writing has had on YA authors today, many of whom grew up reading…

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CURRENTLY READING more than one book and I am not cut out for this life

Commas and Ampersands

I’m loving All the Light We Cannot See but it’s a massive book to take on after a reading slump. I decided to try being one of those people who can read more than one book at a time and I regret it. So now I’m going to finish Suddenly Calling, then finish All the Light We Cannot See, and see how I like Shadows by Paula Weston since she’s doing a book signing at a nearby shopping centre on the 1st of August.

This may or may not be easier now that all the reality renovation shows have finished airing. I really am a sucker for them.

(Also, we got a NutriBullet and it’s super easy to use and I’m going to make banana smoothies for the rest of my life.)

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Big Books

A Walk Into The Wild

So I’m currently reading A Game of Thrones, and it got me thinking, due to its sheer size. How do we feel about big books? I’m talking books 600/700+ plus? I absolutely love A Game of Thrones, it’s brilliant, but due to being a work and having reading to do for uni I don’t feel like I’m reading it quick enough and I’m anxious to start reading some other smaller novels.

Does anyone else ever feel like, whilst they’re enjoying a good long book, that they’re missing out on reading two or three books in the time it takes to read that one?

I’m just babbling and thinking aloud but I am curious to see what others think?

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The hypocrite


You choke on your cornflakes over stories of vicars and hoares,

And when the death sentence is imposed you give loud applause.

When they call for moral regeneration your first in the queue,

Oh my friend what if they knew what you do.

Behind closed doors the lamplight is low,

To the girl, barely legal, you are “Mr So and So”.

When the deed’s done homewards you go,

To the wife, and the kids – fine, upstanding Mr So and So.

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#4 Random Book Tag

My love letter to Orwell’s love letter to language – 1984

Banana Chips and Tiramisu

Plot is important, grammatical accuracy is important, providing a metaphor for life on this planet is important. Above all those things, to me what makes a genuinely good book great is its ability to inspire emotions. The emotion a piece of literature evokes does not necessarily have to be sadness or existentialism, it can be happiness or carpe diem. The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri, for example, was a fascinating book that was oh so well written. Her command on the English language is commendable to say the least but what it failed to do, at least in my view, was inspire some sort of empathy in the reader. I didn’t connect with a single character in the book as they went through tumultuous lives. What lies ahead from this point is wrought with spoilers, I must warn you. For I cannot express my absolute love for this book without telling…

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Book Review: “In The Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume (2015)

Going Local

The Chelle Seeker

For a change, lets start with a photo.


A showery start to the day this morning as I dragged my weary body out of the warm bed to attend my open air yoga session. When a shower blew over and sprinkled on our mats, just for a few annoying minutes before travelling further inland, the instructor decided that our bodies would soak up the liquid by dragging us all over the surface for the rest of the class. In the end, our clothes were moist but not by sweat, making us feel colder than the forecasted 13 degrees celsius. However I did stick around in my wet socks to take the above photo (you’re welcome). While I was waiting for the sun to make an appearance, I was playing with some of the dials on my camera thinking that I really should start to learn a little more about not…

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book club #1 – Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter

Book Review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

the view from the upper circle

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer  (Vintage)

Flashes of genius can’t prevent The Interestings from too often getting stuck in a word bog 

Meg Wolitzer’s modern classic The Wife is a gripping, thought provoking and provocative novel that has become one of the defining feminist fiction books of the past few years. I loved it and, after taking so long to discover this great American writer, was delighted to see she had a back catalogue I could explore. The Interestings is her latest novel, published in 2013. It’s in the great American tradition of family sagas – a story for the sake of a story, the lives, loves and loses of a group of friends who meet at summer camp in the 1960s and – with an ironic wink – call themselves the interestings.

The plot is largely discarded for character, something I’m usually all for, but there was something a little meandering about The Interestings

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